The Arts & Happenings
JOHN SINGER SARGENT: THE WATERCOLORS AT MFAH, BEGINNING MAR 02
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be the third and final venue to present John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors, an exhibition offering an unparalleled opportunity to view more than 90 early 20th century watercolors by the Gilded Age American master John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). The exhibition will be on view at the MFAH from March 2-May 26.
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this exhibition unites for the first time two significant collections of Sargent’s watercolors. The exhibition focuses on these landmark acquisitions of contemporary art for the museums, which fulfilled Sargent’s wish for his watercolors to go as complete sets to single institutions. Representing Sargent’s departure from the commissioned cosmopolitan society portraits that made him famous, the compositions in this exhibition represent his immersion into the medium of watercolor and his focus on the subjects he loved, set against the backdrop of his travels across Europe and the Middle East. For information, visit mfah.org
TUTS PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZ , BEGINNING MAR 04
Theatre Under The Stars announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz will play March 4-16 at Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. In addition to the magical story and fun-filled music, audiences will be dazzled with another special treat — the costumes are made with Swarovski Elements.
TUTS will offer several special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience. Visit tuts.com for additional information on these events or to purchase tickets to the show.
DA CAMERA EVENTS BEGINNING MARCH 1
Da Camera continues the jazz series March 1 with Latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express. Valera makes his Da Camera debut as a bandleader with his New Cuban Express sextet.
Fairy tales and childhood memories from around the world are retold through music in Scenes of Childhood on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. at Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The program features Houston-trained mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Little Match Girl Passion, in its Houston premiere.
Guest composer Lang takes part in a pre-concert conversation with Da Camera’s Sarah Rothenberg at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for all performances by calling 713-524-5050 or go to dacamera.com.
FOOL AT ALLEY THEATRE, THROUGH MARCH 16
Alley Theatre’s world premiere of Fool runs through March 16. In Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools — a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love and laughter, set in a medieval kitchen. The performance includes adult language, adult situations, and beheadings.
Special events include Talkback on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Members of the cast return to the stage following the performance to take questions from the audience. TalkBacks are led by a member of the Alley Artistic staff. Tickets to Fool are available for purchase at alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713-220-5700.
AZALEA TRAIL, BEGINNING MAR 07
The 79th annual Azalea Trail, sponsored by River Oaks Garden Club, will be held Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, in the River Oaks neighborhood and Tanglewood area. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour four homes and gardens, River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics, Bayou Bend Gardens and Rienzi.
Tickets are $20 for seven admissions (Bayou Bend, Rienzi and four private residences); single admission is $5 and is available at each entrance. Sales before March 1 are $15 for the seven admissions. For information, visit riveroaksgardenclub.org or call 713-523-2483.
FRESH ARTS SPACE BALL GALA , ONLY MAR 07
Fresh Arts presents its annual gala “The Space Ball,” a stellar space-themed soiree to honor and celebrate Fresh Art’s impact on Houston’s Art Community. The March 7 event at Silver Street Studios will include notoriously elaborate costumes, an artsy silent auction, libations, light fare, and dancing until E.T. goes home. Space jamming music provided by the multi-talented drag artiste extraordinaire, DJ Lady Bunny. The evening will also feature the intergalactic stellar spinning dance crew HaviKoro. Individual tickets are $100 in advance and at the door. The event supports Fresh Arts, an organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston’s arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public’s engagement with the arts.Underwriting levels start at $600. For tickets, go to spaceball2014.com
RICE DESIGN COMPETITION FOR SPOTLIGHT PRIZE, THROUGH MARCH 17
The Rice Design Alliance invites Houston-area architecture students and young design professionals to design and fabricate the prize that will be awarded to SPOTLIGHT winners for the next five years. Students at the Rice School of Architecture, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University, and design professionals residing in the Houston area who graduated from an accredited program since 2000 can submit digital conceptual drawings and descriptions of t
heir 3-dimensional object through March 17.
The competition will occur in two phases: design and production. Evaluated by a seven-member RDA competition jury, these phases will proceed according to the following schedule: announcement of semi-finalists, April 4; deadline for semifinalists to submit prototype, May 19; announcement of winner, May 30; deadline for winner to complete and deliver first award, Aug. 8. The remaining four awards must then be delivered to RDA in Anderson Hall at Rice University by Jan. 31, 2015.
The annual RDA SPOTLIGHT Prize, now in its sixth year, recognizes firms in their first 15 years of professional practice that demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Visit ricedesignalliance.org for more information or to download design competition entry forms.
BAYOU MUSIC CENTRE PERFORMANCE, MARCH 18
Taking Back Sunday has announced a North American co-headlining tour with The Used this spring. They will be performing at Bayou Music Centre for HWHAP Fest on March 16 and the band will be releasing their new album Happiness Is on March 18 via Hopeless Records. To purchase tickets, visit takingbacksunday.com.
HAUTE WHEELS FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL, MARCH 22-23
The 4th Annual Haute Wheels, The Food Truck Festival is set for March 22-23. Benefiting the Houston Community College Foundation, this two-day festival will feature more gourmet and fun food trucks than ever, the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden, street entertainment, a vendor village as well as interactive activities and fun for all. Tickets will once again be limited for each day.
Join fellow foodies seeking the latest food truck culinary experiences and flavors as they sample 35+ delicious food trucks all in one convenient location. Nowhere else can food truck fans experience this many trucks under one roof. A wide variety of foods including gluten-free and vegan menus are offered. In the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden, attendees can sample a variety of wines and craft beers.
Purchase tickets online and find a complete list of food trucks and entertainment at hautewheelshouston.com.
RIDE OF A LIFE TIME EVENT, MARCH 22
MD Anderson Regional Care Centers are partnering with LIFE TIME to promote cancer prevention through exercise and a healthy lifestyle during its outdoor Ride of a Lifetime event Saturday, March 22, from 6-10 p.m. in the CITYCENTRE plaza, 815 Town and Country Lane.
Participants will enjoy a high energy cycling class from 6-8 p.m. followed by a free, one-hour Zumba celebration beginning at 8:30 p.m. The event will also feature live entertainment, speakers and free giveaways. Register at MDAndersonROLT.com. The two-hour cycle portion of the event is $55, and all participants will receive an MD Anderson Regional Care Centers cycling jersey made exclusively for the event. Space is limited to 300 cyclists; participants are encouraged to register quickly.
A laser light show will begin at 7 p.m. Additional elements include a photo booth for complimentary souvenir photos, free red glow necklaces, and the interactive Strikeout Cancer Art Wall. MD Anderson physicians will be on site during the event to answer questions related to cancer prevention and the services offered at the regional care centers. Refreshments will be provided to all cyclists courtesy of LIFE TIME.
HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY’S K-9 FUN RUN & WALK, MARCH 23
The 33rd Annual Houston Humane Society’s K-9 Fun Run & Walk will take place March 23 at 10 a.m. at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby Street. Attendees can participate in the 1-mile competitive run or the 1-mile non-competitive dog jog and walk.
At the fun-filled post-race party, dress to impress and compete in the doggie costume contest, join the Alumni Parade if your dog was adopted from HHS, or simply enjoy refreshments, a multitude of pet friendly vendors and activities for the whole family. The event raises money and awareness for the many animals saved and cared for daily at the HHS shelter. Dog participation is encouraged, but not required. Entry fee includes a limited edition April Murphy designed race shirt, dog-danna, and race goodie bag. For information or to sign up, go to HoustonHumane.org.
COVENANT HOUSE TEXAS GALA, MAR 28
The 2014 Covenant House Texas Gala’s theme this year is “A Night in Time.” The Gatsby-themed event will take place March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas. The honorees this year are the CHT resident alumni, the former youth who have gone on to become independent adults. Don’t miss their stories of courage. In addition, a Special Service Award will be presented in memory of Director William D. “Bill” Roe. Attire is black-tie and the evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. David Paul, KHOU head meteorologist, will emcee the event this year.
Proceeds from the gala make it possible for CHT to continue providing services and support to homeless and runaway youth. Table sponsorships and tickets are available, as well as the opportunity to donate items for the silent auction. For information, contact Keiundra Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase tickets at covenanthousetx.org.
CYAN SILHOUETTES AT HCCC, THROUGH MARCH 30
As a participating space of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark, on view Jan. 31-March 30.
Captured by rays of ultraviolet light onto silk, paper, and linen, fragments bearing an uncanny familiarity and a collection of photographs and mementos take the form of Prussian-blue and dark-brown silhouettes. Through handmade books, jewelry, quilts, and clothing, Mavromatis and Clark employ the cyanotype process to expose the memories and associations assigned to personal possessions. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street in Houston. For information, visit
ARCHITECTS OF AIR RETURNS TO DISCOVERY GREEN
Soothing sound, light and vivid color come together to create a unique, immersive experience at Discovery Green as Britain’s Architects of Air returns with a new luminarium, Miracoco, March 15-23. This massive, one-of-a-kind, walk-in sculpture is designed to provide visual surprises and excitement to people of all ages.
Miracoco is a 30-foot-tall series of giant inflatable domes and pathways, incorporating the best of Architects of Air luminariam designs. Spanning half a football field, the structure is inspired by the Lotus Temple in India. The kaleidoscope experience is created when sunlight streams into the inflatable domes and winding pathways, illuminating the walls and ceiling with bright colors and shapes. Visit discoverygreen.com for details.
POP-UP IN THE PARK MARKET, FOURTH SATURDAY
Pop-Up in the Park is a curated market, featuring products made or designed in the Greater Houston area that will be held the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. at Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The monthly market will showcase the creativity of the local community with jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, toys and more. The goal of the event is to bring the local community together, offer a wide variety of merchandise, and raise funds for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. A portion of proceeds from at the market will benefit the Conservancy. Admission is free and open to the public. Pop-up in the Park will also feature local musicians and food trucks.
FIRE TRUCK PULL SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER AT PLANET LINCOLN, APRIL 12
The 2014 Fire Truck Pull wll be held Saturday, April 12 at Planet Lincoln, located at 20440 I-45 North in Spring. Participants can play “tug of war” with a 55,000-pound ﬁre truck to raise money for Special Olympics Texas and compete for prizes. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m., with the First Pull at 10:15 a.m. Awards follow at 11:30 a.m., with entertainment by Woodlands Idol winners, a dunking booth and food vendors.
Registration is $480 per team of 12 or $40 per individual. Registration can be done online at www.sotx.org/firetruckpull. Sponsorships are available and range from $600 to $5,000. For more information, contact Terri Stewart at email@example.com or 713-290-0049.
The Fire Truck Pull is a Law Enforcement Torch Run® event, which is the Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Special Olympics athletes and Law Enforcement Torch Run® officers carry the “Flame of Hope” at the Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics competitions around the world.
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY MEETING, THIRD SATURDAYS
Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the “War Between the States”? If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday, September through May, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.